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SHAH ALAM (Nov 20): Perikatan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that PN is open to forming a Federal government with any parties that are aligned with their principle, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, to form a stable government. However, he said that the new Federal government will not include Pakatan Harapan.

In a press conference after the announcement of most of the 220 seats contested during the 15th General Election, Muhyiddin said that the coalition will start negotiations with other parties that have won seats in GE15, especially in Sabah and Sarawak.

"First, I would like to say that we are grateful for this victory — achieving 73 seats, including the 22 seats won under the PAS logo. We would like to thank all voters all over the country that have given their strong support to PN.

"The people's support to PN has enabled us to win beyond our expectations. Congratulations to all candidates who have won their respective seats. I would also like to record my gratitude to all the machinery who have worked hard and given their utmost commitment.”

Muhyiddin also said that he had received a letter from Istana Negara. He hinted that the letter included conditions that PN needs to meet in order to form the Federal government. However, he did not elaborate on the content of the letter.

"We need to assess the situation. We will ensure that the government formed is a stable government. As such, we have to consider other parties, especially if they are aligned with our principles," said Muhyiddin.

When asked about the possibility of PN forming a coalition government with the Borneo bloc, he said that he had received positive feedback. He added that the forming of the government must be done as soon as possible.

However, Muhyiddin ruled out forming a coalition with Pakatan Harapan.

The crowd at the Glenmarie Ballroom chanted "No Zahid" after Muhyiddin said that PN is open to working with other parties to form the federal government. The “Zahid” presumably refers to Barisan Nasional president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi. How that sentiment will affect negotiations remains to be seen.

Edited ByAniza Damis
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